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On being a heavily-tattooed parent in the "white picket fence" suburbs

Tattooing has been around for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest forms of art, laden with as many different meanings as there are global cultures. And they're all fun and games when you are young and carefree — society is more likely to accept your tattoos and move on with their lives. But I have found that the rules change when you become parents.

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Moving to "us" from "me" and fearing the loss of my autonomy

My amazing future husband and I have been together just over two years and engaged over one. He's amazing, and kind, and is a perfectly balanced feminist who looks like a Viking biker. I can't even imagine my life without him in it, let alone how I managed to get here without him. Yet I've been really stressed over the fact that he and I become WE, US, THEM, in the eyes of the law, family, and society.